By Oliver Powell
On January 23, the Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt Gun Club of Central Texas gathered in Killeen, Texas in solidarity with Marvin Guy, a Black man from Killeen charged with murdering a detective who entered his home on a no-knock warrant, and Patrick Warren Sr., who was murdered by Killeen Police earlier this month during a mental health call.
The “Community Patrol” demonstration consisted of marching through the predominately Black working-class neighborhoods in Killeen, chanting, “Stand Up! Shoot Back!” Those present spoke to community members about the oppression Black people face and the role of the police in carrying this out. The organizers of the event raised the demand to end no-knock warrants and expressed the community’s need to defend themselves against the police.
The organizers and Guy’s family members also demanded the release of Guy, who has been awaiting trial in Bell County Jail since 2014.
Groups like the Huey P. Newton Gun Club, Brothers Against Community Crime, and Black Women Fighting For Black Men were present at the march.
Cars honked in solidarity, onlookers raised their fists, and people came out from their homes to show their support as the march proceeded.
One member of the Elmer “Geronimo” Pratt Gun Club spoke with Tribune about the organization’s goal to educate the Black community on the importance of self-defense, stating, “These organizations are about showing our people how to protect themselves.” When asked about the recent murder of Patrick Warren Sr. by the Killeen Police Department (KPD), the member told Tribune, “We’re not expecting [KPD] to give us any justice or accountability, so we’re taking matters into our own hands.”
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